Posted in music on January 27, 2011

ipod

"With accidents stemming from pedestrian distraction on the rise throughout the nation, Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn) has re-introduced legislation making it illegal to use an iPod, cell phone, Blackberry or any other electronic device while crossing the street.... Under Sen. Kruger's bill (S. 1945), anyone caught crossing the street while using an electronic device would be issued a criminal court summons with a penalty of $100." [NYSenate.gov]
The above picture comes from an actual campaign in Australia to stop the same thing.

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Tags: iPod, politics

Comments (41)

I think they should just arrest if you're listening to, say, Black Lips while crossing the street.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:01 PM

and marnie stern

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:02 PM

100% unenforceable. just utter nonsense.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:03 PM

yah, thats going to happen.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:03 PM

The fact that all of these devices are lumped together shows how out of touch this guy is. That being said, it would be nice if I could walk down the street without bumping into some fuckface staring st their iPhone.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:09 PM

will discmans count?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:10 PM

What about Sony yellow walkmens?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:15 PM

Isn't this a self-policing phenomenon anyway? Getting hit by a cabbie because you're dicking around on your phone is more than enough punishment I'd say.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:17 PM

transistor radios?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:17 PM

"Isn't this a self-policing phenomenon anyway? Getting hit by a cabbie because you're dicking around on your phone is more than enough punishment I'd say."

Exactly. Darwinism at its best. If you are stupid enough to get hurt because he were too busy with your device, perhaps it is best that you die and do not procreate.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:24 PM

why stop with this? how about while walking down the street between the crosswalks? How about for just not paying attention regardless of the reason? How about people who block the steps to go into the subway? How about babystrollers? bicycle riders? How about the idiots who get overdramatically into their phone calls and stop short and wave their hands about?

I'm not pointing out the above examples to say the proposed law is ridiculous. I'm pointing them out because I believe all these people should be arrested, not just the ones Kruger is thinking of.

On a side note, Kruger is a criminal and ought to be in jail himself - but not before the bill is passed.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:25 PM

more boy scouts?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:30 PM

i think people who clip their nails on the subway are a much bigger problem

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:45 PM

how is this unenforceable? It seems pretty easy to notice and give a ticket for.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:53 PM

people who clip their nails on the subway should be forced to wear gloves 365 days a year on the subway as punishment

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:55 PM

If I had a dime everytime some mongoloid politician wanted to ban anything related to fun and enjoyment, I'd have enough money to buy an apartment on the Upper East Side and take the Express buses back and forth until 2025.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 12:59 PM

i take greater issue with the nail clipping thing more than anything. kudos to whoever brought that up. disgusting.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 1:00 PM

How about people pay fucking attention?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 1:09 PM

Crime, hunger and poverty are happening all over the world and we're worried about people who are stupid enough to pay more attentiont their electronics than traffic when crossing the street?! Seriouslly Sen. Kruger, we have bigger things to worry about. If someone is stupid enough to not watch when they are crossing the street (which we all learned in Kindergarten) then they deserve to be hit! The government doesn't need to protect them!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 1:33 PM

oh man, this guy should have shown up with Chuck Schumer at the Pool Parties these past few years. He would have been a big hit!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 1:41 PM

This means a return to the glorious days of a boom box on my shoulder.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 1:49 PM

Dude... The other day I was walking down Bedford and some dude bumped right into me because he was busy dipping a pita triangle into a sabra container.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 1:51 PM

Schumer never would have never given up his slot after Big Freedia's ass shakers.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 1:56 PM

1:51 ---only good hummus related comment ive read---EVER

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 1:58 PM

Sort of playing devil's advocate because I totally understand, it's new york (born/bred here), it's fucking dangerous and open your fucking eyes or die.

But in Hawaii J-walking is a serious crime and heavily enforced. They had a huge problem with with kids getting squashed on the road.

So, what's the deal with an ipod? That just makes no sense to me.

If they starting cracking down on J-walking and ILLEGALLY CROSSING the street i might actually support that. But wearing earbuds? That's just silly.

Posted by Burg | January 27, 2011 2:03 PM

We don't need a new law to solve this issue...we just need for people in cars to stop hitting their brakes. In time, the issue will resolve itself.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 2:09 PM

Just imagine if Senator Lieberman was a New Yorker. Ugh!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 2:13 PM

This is an ace thread. Where are you people everyday when I need you.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 3:03 PM

first, build vehicles equipped with horns. second, remove all radios from all vehicles. third, if that doesn't work, remove all vehicles. if it still doesn't work remove all music and sound entirely.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 3:16 PM

While he's at it. He should also ban Snow.

Posted by Wilson Davalos | January 27, 2011 3:28 PM

"Snow" the rapper you mean? Hell, no! He ain't done nothin' wrong lately. The last blizzard of his was back in 1993 when "12 Inches Of Snow" hit.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 3:41 PM

...that guy really had his head in the gutter

Posted by Burg | January 27, 2011 4:32 PM

This is brought to you by the auto insurance companies, they want to push responsibility from drivers to pedestrians when there are accidents in crosswalks so they don't have to payout as often. Let's not be so naive as to think our government cares about the safety of our more aloof citizens.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 6:18 PM

We should lynch this guy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 7:15 PM

Hell, I've already lynched my landlord. Why stop now?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 8:06 PM

Pass a bill making stupidity illegal.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2011 10:25 PM

Are deaf people illegal too?

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 1:57 AM

they should arrest you if you don't look both ways and say "I'M CROSSING THE STREET NOW" out loud

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 2:18 AM

Unfortunately that Aussie PSA ad just looks like an album cover. I WANNA SEE BLOOD

Posted by souldeserter | January 28, 2011 9:55 AM

Talking on your phone does not block out other sounds. Wearing one earbud does not block out other sounds. But GODD@MN do i hate those f*cking b@stards who walk around oblivious all day in new york f*cking city for chrissakes with both headphones/earbuds, in their own pathetic worlds. There is nothing worse than having to say "excuse me" to an incompetent, self-centered moron only to have them not even hear you, and you have to physically poke them and then say "EXCUSE ME" again just to get them the f*ck out of your way when they are the ones in the wrong, blocking traffic to begin with. I am serious. I really do hate them. It makes me border on violence. Ticket the sh*t out of these a-holes, throw them in jail, hit them with your cars, whatever. And like all the other shams, this strategy is only to make money for the city, it has nothing to do with personal safety, give me a break. Bloomberg's minions are just searching for more ways to shoot ducks in the barrell.
LOL'd at 2:18 & 9:55.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2011 11:09 AM

I'm laughing at the frowny baby in the picture and all of the people who take him and his band seriously.

Posted by Yahoo Registration | November 24, 2012 3:27 AM

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